Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

I like Halloween a lot, so I thought it would be fun to share a few fun facts, just because:

  • Jack-o-lanterns were original carved out of turnips, not pumpkins!
  • They were used as make-shift lanterns, supposedly during Samhain, which is why it’s associated with Halloween.
  • The name “Jack-O-Lantern” comes from how unidentified men (or so many men) were called Jack. If you saw a stranger carrying a light, he was Jack of the lantern… Jack o’lantern.
  • Halloween itself stakes its origins in an ancient Celtic holiday called Samhain, where the people lit a bonfire and wore costumes to keep ghosts away.
  • Hundreds of years later, the Catholic Church got All Saint’s Day on November 1, also known as All Hallow’s, and the day before (Samhain), was All Hallow’s Eve, later Halloween.
  • Trick-or-treating began when the poor, particularly kids, would go door to door begging for foods and other little gifts in exchange for a prayer in honor of the dead.

 

So yeah! Happy Halloween!

 

happy halloween

 

 

Sources:

http://www.worldreligionnews.com/religion-news/christianity/the-origins-and-similarities-of-halloween-all-saints-day-samhain-and-reformation-day

http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2012/10/why-are-carved-pumpkins-called-jack-o-lanterns/

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-history-of-trick-or-treating-is-weirder-than-you-thought-79408373/

 

 

Photo via Pinterest Search:

https://www.mumsnet.com/features/mumsnetters-parenting-nightmares

 

 

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